Montana Outdoor Coalition

Help protect Montana's Outdoor Heritage

Montana's vast and varied landscape lends itself to unrivaled outdoor experiences limited only by imagination. The Great Outdoors has remained rooted in Montana's heritage since long before the state's founding, and its stunning beauty and magnetic force draws people from around the world.

The Montana Outdoor Coalition exists to protect that outdoor heritage by standing up for outdoor recreation activities of all kinds.  From hunting, fishing, and trapping, to motorized recreation on public lands, to birdwatchers, hikers, backpackers and enthusiasts of outdoor activities of all kinds, the Montana Outdoor Coalition seeks to bring together sports-men and -women of all kinds who want to work together to protect those things that make Montana such a special place.

Key Issues

Outdoor recreation of all sorts is dependent on being able to access the places we love, but Montanans are increasingly finding it difficult to do so.  Thousands of miles of roads on public lands have been put off limits by federal land management agencies.  And funding for public access programs, like Block Managment, have not kept pace with increased demand.

We consider increasing access opportunities as one of the most important issues that we engage in, and we'll continue to fight to increase access for Montana outdoor recreationists of all types.  This can be done by pressuring state and federal agencies to restore and improve access that has been restricted in recent years, and by incentivizing private property owners to welcome outdoor recreation activities on their property.


Gun Rights

The right to keep and bear arms for personal protection and recreational activities is one of our most fundamental rights.  All outdoor recreationists need to stick together to protect gun rights for hunters and shooting sports enthusiasts.  The Montana Outdoor Coalition is committed to being a catalyst to bring together diverse interests who support gun rights.

The millions of acres of public land in Montana are a treasure that benefit all Montanans.  But we also have a responsibility to ensure those lands are properly managed and cared for.  Today that is not happening, in particular on federal land.

There should be a greater role for state and local government agencies on federal land management decisions, and less influence from out-of-state environmental groups.  The federal laws that are in place to prohibit the sale of public land should remain intact, but greater efforts should be made to ensure the public has access to public land.

Public Lands

Multiple Use

Montana's outdoors provides for an ever-expanding slate of activities. From hiking and fishing in the summer, to snowshoeing and hunting in the fall and winter, and everything in between.

Quite often, powerful special interest groups are able use tactics that close off swaths of large swathes of public land that had historically been multiple-use.  When that happens, the benefits go to the few and the price is borne by everyone else.  Sports-men and -women who have been able to access some trails for decades are instead turned away by new gates and fences.  It's important for Montanans to understand where and why this is happening, and to ensure that decisions on federal land use happens at the local level.

There are parts of the Montana landscape that deserve special protection.  The wilderness areas in our state provide unique opportunities for recreation that can be had in few other places in the country.  We're so lucky to have them.

Many areas of Montana have been studied for potential wilderness designations.  These Wilderness Study Areas (WSA) are designated to do just that – study an area to determine whether it should be classified as a wilderness area or not.  Many of the WSAs in Montana have been determined unsuitable to be classified as wilderness, but have not been released from their WSA designation, which comes with many restrictions on access and land use. 

A wilderness classification comes with heavy restrictions on public access to millions of acres of public land in Montana. More than three decades ago, 44 pieces of land in Montana were made WSAs, with the intention being to determine their ultimate designation within five years. We should move to determine which of these areas should be classified as wilderness, and release the others to improve public land access.

Wilderness Study Areas

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